A Political History of the USA: One Nation Under God

Author(s): Bruce Kuklick


A fresh and engaging account of America's history from European contact to the election of Barack Obama. Bruce Kuklick's straightforward yet authoritative narrative, provides a clear and concise way through the complexities of American history without oversimplifying or assuming prior knowledge. The book places politics in the context of religious culture and tries to account for the assertive expansion at the heart of the development of the U.S. Supported by wide-ranging examples, extracts from primary sources, maps, photos and illustrations, this compelling yet balanced account of America's political, cultural and religious history will be core reading for undergraduate students of American history.

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'The book will be attractive to teachers and students who want an introductory survey of American political history that combines assured scholarship and accessible prose, and that - through admirable compression - keeps to a manageable length.' - Richard Cawardine, Rhodes Professor of American History, University of Oxford, UK 'How refreshing to encounter a textbook distinguished by a very un-textbook-like capacity to say what is most important about this or that historical episode rather than just 'covering' what everyone else covers. This is a wonderfully analytic, sharply formulated book that will give students direct access to what they most need to know.' - David A. Hollinger, Preston Hotchkis Professor of American History, University of California, Berkeley, USA 'It might seem miraculous for a relatively short textbook by a single author to treat the entire political history of the United States with comprehensive thoroughness alongside lightly-worn learning and sparkling wit. But miracles do happen, and Bruce Kuklick has done it. Readers are in for a real treat from this book - both for what they will learn and for how Kuklick's carefully expressed judgments force them to think.' - Mark A. Noll, Francis A. McAnaney Professor of History, University of Notre Dame, USA

BRUCE KUKLICK is Nichols Professor of American History at the University of Pennsylvania, UK. He is the author of ten books in the fields of American diplomatic, political, diplomatic, intellectual and sports history, including Churchmen and Philosophers: Jonathan Edwards to John Dewey, The Rise of American Philosophy:Cambridge Massachusetts, l860-l930, Philosophy in America, 1720-2000 and To Every Thing a Season:Shibe Park and Urban Philadelphia. He has also received every teaching award offered by the University of Pennsylvania.

Introduction PART I: MAKING A STATE The European Impact in America, 1494-1676 North American Colonies, 1632-1732 The Colonies in the Empire, 1651-1774 War and Order, 1775-1787 PART II: CONSOLIDATING THE POWER OF THE STATE The Culture of Politics, 1788-1826 From Coexistence to Expansion, 1783-1832 Nationalism, Sectionalism, and Slavery, 1820-1861 Lincoln and the Civil War, 1858-1865 The Sections Integrated: South, West, and Northeast, 1865-1896 PART III: THE AMERICAN STATE AND THE WORLD The New Empire, 1890-1917 Progressive America, 1900-1920 The Crises of Progressive Capitalism, 1919-1933 The Cosmopolitan New Deal in Depression and War, 1933 -1945 Cold War America, 1945-1963 PART IV: PERSONAL POLITICS AND THE STATE The Long 1960s, 1954-1975 Cultural Divisions and Cultural Imperialism, 1968-2000 Epilogue: America in History, 2001 and After Critical Suggestions for Reading and Study Index

General Fields

  • : 9780230221376
  • : Palgrave Macmillan Limited
  • : Palgrave Macmillan
  • : 0.551
  • : August 2009
  • : 234mm X 157mm X 21mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Bruce Kuklick
  • : Paperback
  • : 973
  • : 360
  • : 17 halftones, 19 maps